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The crime of bias intimidation addresses hate crimes. A hate crime can encompass a wide variety of criminal acts, from aggravated assault to criminal mischief. For example, a person commits arson by setting fire to religious property and buildings due to distain towards the religion and its followers. Also, in the famous case of State v. Dharun Ravi, a Rutgers student was found guilty of a hate crime for invading the privacy of his roommate because of the roommate’s sexual orientation
For every charge of bias intimidation, there is an underlying offense. The criminal defense law firm of Maynard Law Office, LLC in Morristown is prepared to represent you on all of your criminal charges. Our attorneys are highly experienced in handling criminal matters, such as burglary, to disorderly persons offenses, such as harassment.
The Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights
Though these violent crimes are not frequently seen in New Jersey, the passing of the Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights may change the statistics. The new law hopes to lessen occurrences of “harassment, intimidation, and bullying” among students. However, it may lead to an increase in the number of New Jersey juveniles charged with bias intimidation. The law N.J.S.A. 2C:16-1 states that a person is guilty if he or she commits or attempts to commit a crime with the purpose to intimidate or knew the effect would intimidate another for the following biases:
- Sexual orientation
- Gender identity or expression
- National origin
In determining the appropriate penalties for this crime, the New Jersey criminal justice system grades bias intimidation one degree higher than the underlying offense. For instance, if a person is charged with invasion of privacy, which is a third degree crime, the intimidation charge is a second degree crime. In another instance, if a person or juvenile is charge with harassment, a disorderly persons offense, the intimidation charge is a fourth degree crime.
The criminal defense lawyers of Maynard Law Office, LLC are ready to defend your case. For every matter, we review the evidence the state has against you, perform an extensive analysis of the law, obtain expert opinions and testimony (if necessary), and advocate for your rights. To schedule a free consultation and learn how our capable attorneys can help you, call us at973-540-0054 or email us. We offer personalized payment plans and accept all major credit cards: Visa, Mastercard, American Express and Discover.